City of Arcata PRESS RELEASE
ARCATA POLICE FRAUD ALERT
On Sunday, April 12, 2020, The Arcata Police Department received a fraud report from the Valley Azteca Restaurant, located in the Valley West Shopping Center. The scam consisted of a fake on-line ordering webpage for the restaurant, through a website named "Order Hero."
The webpage contained accurate restaurant information including phone number, address and actual menu items. Customers accessed this false website through Google.com which appeared as "Aztecavalley.site."
Customers provided credit card information through the website at the time of ordering and when they arrived at the restaurant to pick up their food, they learned no such on-line ordering services existed.
The Arcata Police Department cautions the community when ordering food and other products on-line and recommends verification of services through the business before placing an order, especially when using a new or unknown service provider.
This is an on-going investigation and anyone with information is encouraged to contact the Arcata Police Department at (707) 822-2424. If you have been the victim of this or any other fraud, please contact the Arcata Police Department or law-enforcement agency of jurisdiction where the crime occurred.